Eleanor's Room

Eleanor’s Headboard?

First I saw this crazy cool headboard by johnny vintage on Oh Joy. Then I linked to it in one of my Honor Roll posts. Fast forward three months, and a reader sees the same style of headboard in a twin-size for sale on eBay, and emails the listing to me (thanks, lisalinn). It was listed with just 25 minutes left, and I was able to grab it. Hooray!

The one I’m getting has been painted green, with a distressed black finish. It’s going to get a coat of spray paint, but I’m not sure yet on the color. I am keen on that hot pink version though! I’m thinking I’ll pair the headboard with this simple twin bed and paint the legs to match.

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  • Kathryn Humphreys
    December 6, 2010 at 9:26 am

    Too cute. Word of caution on the ikea bed frames – the slats do not hold up to little jumpers :)

  • liz @ bon temp beignet
    December 6, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Oh my gosh, these pics bring me back to my childhood. My grandma, Sugar, had these headboards in every bedroom. I love it in pink!

    • luuve
      December 6, 2010 at 12:33 pm

      I love that your grands name was “sugar” sooo cute :)

      • liz @ bon temps beignet
        December 6, 2010 at 1:02 pm

        Haha, thanks luuve. She picked that name cuz she definitely didn’t want to be called ‘Grandma’. She got the idea from a friend of her’s who had her Grandchildren call her ‘Honey’. So sweet –pun intended. ; )

  • Erika
    December 6, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Ooh, this is making me wish I had a little girl to decorate for. Cute!

  • Shannon @ What's Up Whimsy
    December 6, 2010 at 10:12 am

    I actually have two of these headboards at home in white that are just waiting to be used somewhere. I love the idea of using it as a headboard for a little girl’s room, but the only problem is…I have a little boy :( Ha ha. Maybe one day! I think they also look great behind a low dresser.

  • Robin
    December 6, 2010 at 10:21 am

    Hey Nicole,

    I love the headboard!! It will look smashing in E’s new room, can’t wait to see everything together. I have a tip for you about the bed frame…that particular one is not the sturdiest, but here is a great option that is even lessexpensive. IKEA sells sturdy wooden legs for their boxsprings called SULTAN. They are $20 and solid wood. You cab then paint any color. The only thing is that they only work with IKEA’s boxsprings though. Hope that helps, I learned through trial & error.

    Thanks for keeping us inspired every day!!

    • Making it Lovely
      December 6, 2010 at 10:42 am

      Thanks – that sounds like it might be a better option then.

  • April
    December 6, 2010 at 10:27 am

    She’ll love it!!

  • lauren
    December 6, 2010 at 10:29 am

    LOOOOOVE THIS!! Lucky little Eleanor.

  • Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons
    December 6, 2010 at 10:36 am

    aww pretty! Such a fun headboard!!!!

  • stephanie
    December 6, 2010 at 10:39 am

    i have serious spray painting issues. do yo think you could give a little tutorial as you recreate this beautiful headboard!?

    • Making it Lovely
      December 6, 2010 at 10:41 am

      Sure! What issues do you have specifically? I can try to address them.

      • stephanie
        December 6, 2010 at 11:35 am

        running! my paint likes to drip drip drip. i think i am so used to painting with “normal” paint, that i just put spray paint on too thick. i dont have a good technique for the whole spray lightly in whispy strokes thing. also, i think i get too close to the piece. and..how many coats should it take to cover something?

  • christine {bijouandboheme}
    December 6, 2010 at 10:46 am

    I LOVE it- so pretty- I would love to see it in a blush/light pink or kelly green for that matter:)

  • Leslie
    December 6, 2010 at 10:55 am

    Yea for thoughtful readers!!

  • Anna
    December 6, 2010 at 11:16 am

    My sister and I had hot pink headboards just like this when we were kids. The room had one wall wallpapered with these lollipop orange and hot pink flowers on olive green stems. The curtains were made with strings of pompoms (pink, orange and olive.) The dressers were white with the drawers painted pink. What a great room that was. Hope Eleanor appreciates her room as much (and remembers it as long)!

  • Cassie
    December 6, 2010 at 11:20 am

    This is awesome! What a kind reader you have! Can’t wait to see your finished product. :)

  • Michelle
    December 6, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    That’s so funny. I have this same headboard in our guest room. I picked it up a few years ago at a thrift store for $5 and spray painted it white. It is rattan and not super durable, but I love the scroll pattern.

  • Michelle
    December 6, 2010 at 12:35 pm

    Also, word of warning. It does not take spray paint well and took many cans.

  • Caroline @ The Feminist Housewife
    December 6, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    What a nice reader!!!

    I cannot wait to see what you paint it…it’s just gorgeous!

  • Mackenzi
    December 6, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Is your headboard full size like the other images? If so, what will you do with the extra? I see the second image has that issue.

    Cute idea, can’t wait to see it all finished.

  • Jill Seidner | Interior Design
    December 6, 2010 at 2:00 pm

    Love it, so different. I actually like the white version in the first pic…but could see a paler shade of pink for a girl’s room. Look forward to seeing what you do with it!

  • Johanna
    December 6, 2010 at 2:19 pm

    I gasped out loud when I saw this! How utterly and completely adorable. LOVE!!

  • Zandri
    December 6, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    How lucky! You obviously have very attentive & devoted readers! When do we get to see the bedroom? I’m so excited & little bit nosey :)

  • PriscilaPetersDecor
    December 6, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    It’s more than adorable!! Very cute.

  • Mary
    December 6, 2010 at 6:05 pm

    I love this! Anyone know the name of it? Or at least a good search term for craigslist or ebay?


    • lisalinn
      December 8, 2010 at 2:15 pm

      try” hollywood regency,rattan wicker headboard, wicker peacock,victorian headbord or look up ebay seller kenedita she often has a lot of wicker, rattan and faux bamboo vintage items, she has one up for auction right now item# 300500427133

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  • Chrystal
    December 6, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    What a beautiful headboard. :)

  • Dayna
    December 6, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    I had that exact headboard as a child! But not in pink, that will be super cute. I remember snapping off a few of those scrolls….just something to watch out for ;)

  • Jenn
    December 6, 2010 at 7:35 pm

    That is so adorable! I really love the hot pink version!

  • Mimi Perez
    December 6, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    So Jjealous of E’s beautiful new Big Girl bed!

  • melissa
    December 7, 2010 at 1:36 am

    ah, gorgeous!!

  • Stefan
    December 7, 2010 at 7:44 am

    I know I might be overprotective parent but are you concerned about toxic off-gas from spray paint in a child’s bed? Have you considered using a lowVOC paint instead? Seriously, as a new parent maybe I’m just buying into the whole eco no plastics, fiberboard, lowvoc hype and over thinking/worrying but still?

  • Meghan
    December 7, 2010 at 9:26 am

    That’s a pretty headboard but please be careful to keep it clean of dust and such … those types of headboards are notorious for housing small spiders that bite the bed’s inhabitant! Not to mention the dust mites that will like to live in the little nooks and crannies.

  • Michelle
    December 7, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    I had this headboard growing up! My mom painted mine a pale pink. :-)

  • Marca
    December 8, 2010 at 2:26 am

    I absolutely love this headboard! So so pretty!

  • lisalinn
    December 8, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Yay!! Good for you! I’m so glad you won it and that I could be of help. I was hoping to put together a room for my own little girl but I recently gave birth to my 3rd son!

  • stephanie
    December 9, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    looky what i found!! if anyone is interested in buying it, i could get it for you! i am in VA.

    • Olivia
      December 10, 2010 at 4:33 pm

      How much? I am dying for a twin headboard!

    • Erica
      October 21, 2012 at 11:00 am

      Did you still have the wicker/rattan peacock headboard for sale in VA?
      This is probably 2 years later but I figured I’d see just in case!

  • Sara
    December 12, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Love it! I had a very similar headboard growing up in the early 80s … one note of caution is that I recall playing with the curliques and eventually twisting some of them off. So you may want to watch for that with your daughter. And mine was white but I love the idea of painting it!

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    February 4, 2011 at 5:37 pm

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    November 30, 2012 at 11:00 pm

    REALLY want to buy a pink one. How much and where? :)

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